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Modern Icons Painted by Christine Hales, Iconographer

Icon Painting Classes

Icon Painting Classes

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Icon students with Christine Hales

This is meditative way to engage in prayer and painting.  All the steps of icon painting classes with egg tempera and gold leaf gilding are taught and demonstrated in each class

To create an egg tempera icon, it normally takes about 30 hours.  There are many transparent layers and highlights that create a beautiful, jewel like appearance to the Icon that can’t be attained any other way.  It is a process of prayer, meditation and painting. Icon writing and Icon painting are synonymous terms, for more details.

Come join us at the beautiful Holy Cross Monastery for an introduction to Icon writing where you will create your own Icon.  We join with the Brothers in their cycle of daily prayer and Eucharist as part of the process of praying and painting Icons. Truly an exceptional experience!

Comments from Students at Recent Holy Cross Monastery Icon Writing Retreat

“Christine Hales is a wonderful, loving and patient teacher .   Her skills and competencies are great and her faith inspiring!”

“We covered much in a short time. Instruction was such that even a complete novice as myself was able to write a first Icon, learning important basics, and then even more advanced techniques, while maintaining focus on the spiritual aspects of Icon writing.”

Icon Writing Classes with Christine

  2018

Ghost Ranch  April 29-May 5  2018

280  Private Drive, 1708 Abiquiu NM    Call:  505-685-1000 to reserve space now.

Week long workshop: Learn to paint an Icon using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding in the Byzantine style. Create your own Icon and learn more about the basic concepts behind Icons and painting techniques of the old masters.  To Visit the Ghost Ranch website click here.

Workshops and  Retreats at Holy Cross Monastery 2017-2018

Christine Hales is a well-loved teacher and one of the best modern American Iconographers. Her icon commissions are at St. Vincent’s Church in Albany, Graymoor Monastery, Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum, Albany, the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY, as well as in many private collections. She has taught icon writing workshops for over 10 years, and her style of icon writing is both contemporary and honoring to the ancient traditions of iconography.  For more information, visit www.iconwritingclasses.com.

  • Learning from Byzantium–  Mother’s Day Icon Retreat  May 11-13  

You do not have to be an artist to write Icons-therefore, beginners and advanced students are welcome.  If you’ve taken class with me before and wish to do a different Icon, after registration, email me with your ideas and a photo of what you’s like to write.  Otherwise, Basic concepts of Icon writing, history and methods of painting will be demonstrated.   We will also have meditation and prayers on Mary as this is Mother’s Day Weekend and we will do a Mary Icon together.  Icons have played an important role in healing and bringing forth peace to nations, and there are many examples of Icons in Belarus, and Eastern Europe  that are attributed to healing miracles, often these are Mary Icons.   Contact  the Guesthouse at  guesthouse@hcmnet.org  845-384-6660  ext 1     $560 includes Icon Materials, meals and overnight accommodations at the Monastery    $120 deposit

  • Color and Light in the Icon–  July 24-27    2018

This is a special class since color is a very important element in good Icon painting. Beginners are welcome, and it is also for advanced Iconographers who want to learn more about color in Icons. In addition to beginning color exercises, we will also cover color symbolism, color theory, the Iconographer’s palette, and more fun and in depth topics on color. We will write the Icon of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. If you have a different Icon you’d like to paint, email me with the image and we can work together before the class to make that possible.     Register : 845-384-6660 ext 1

  • Sacred Geometry in Composition of the Icon September 25-28  

In this class we discuss in depth sacred geometry. It is the foundation of all good Icon compositions.  Sacred geometry is a method of understanding the pictorial space and relationships of images and colors within the Icon. It is also an essential part of an Iconographer’s training. There will be a slide talk one evening as well as hands on exercises to demonstrate the concepts. Register at the Guesthouse or call : 845-384-6660  ext 1 to reserve space.                                                         Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Route 9W, West Park, NY:    845-384-6660 ext 1   

 

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